Cherbourg is 45 to 50 minutes from the Vimonderie. The 'Cité de la Mer' at Cherbourg harbour in the old terminal building is a must to see! You need to plan 2 hours for that. It is well worth your while to take an earlier ferry for a visit.
Staying off the beaten track has its rewards when you discover the 'Parc des Marais', with its fantastic wild bird life, or visit the castles or out of the way beauty spots or St. Lô which has become one of the world's capital of the horse, with all year round events at the Haras, the national stud of France. The Normandy horse show is always during the 2nd and 3rd week of August and travellers are advised to book early as rooms are well booked up during this time.
La Vimonderie is equally well placed for a visit to Ste. Mère eglise and the D-day beaches, as it is to Bayeux with its old cathedral and famous tapestry, or to the 'jardin publique de Coutances', (all about 20 minutes), while the west coast beaches with Granville and the warmer micro-climate at 35 to 40 kilometres, and are less than an hours drive away. There you can take a boat/ferry to Jersey (takes 1 hour) for an afternoon's outing, or drive on another 15 to 20 minutes to Mont St. Michel, and return to a warm reception at the Vimonderie.
Even to Paris it is not too far. Start early, leave your car at the station of Lison (5 miles from us) and take the fast direct train to Paris, Gare St. Lazare. You'll be there in under 2 hours, without any hassle, to spend a glorious day in the Capital. Then return with the last train direction Cherbourg, (get off at Lison), and back to civilized Bed and Breakfast prices and Normandy hospitality.
Close to home there is lots to do as well. Borrow a bike here or walk along the River Vire (about 900 metres from us) wild Salmon Fishing with fishing licence available in wonderfully peaceful countryside, with only birds, cows or horses to gaze at you, or just lounge around the courtyard to 'profiter du soleil'
St Lô itself is well worth a visit, especially in June with all the 'manifestations des vieux combattants' and days of remembrance (destruction of St. Lô during World War 2) with historic exhibitions, art exhibitions, large sculptures and structures being displayed in public places throughout the town, or just going shopping, eating out at one of the nice restaurants in the 'basse ville' by the river, or simply sitting in one of the cafés watching the world go by French style.
Fishing and tennis are all nearby. Horse riding is about 3 and 8 kilometres away (riding school at St. Lô Haras, and the local Pony Club and Riding School is 3km from us.
There is a new Outdoor Complex at St Lo with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, with children`s play areas and a new golf course, not 18 holes, but interesting enough for holiday makers.